2015 MRA Conference Speakers

Marina Recreation Association’s 44th Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show

October 26 - 28, 2015

The Fess Parker—
A Doubletree Hotel by Hilton
Santa Barbara, CA
Mission Possible


 
Baumgarten, Jaclyn, Founder and CEO
Cruzin
1500 Fashion Island Blvd., Suite #102
San Mateo, CA 94404
305.600.5435
baumgarten@cruzin.com
www.cruzin.com
Jaclyn Baumgarten is the founder and CEO of Cruzin, the nation’s leading Boater-to-Boater™ rental and charter marketplace. This online community is helping to revitalize the recreational boating industry by improving the affordability of boat ownership, increasing access for boating enthusiasts, and introducing new generations to the lifestyle. Jaclyn was a pioneer in securing boater-to-boater insurance, the pivotal factor that launched the peer-to-peer market in the marine industry. She has more than 13 years of successful leadership in strategy and operations, largely with Fortune 500 corporations in new business development projects. Jaclyn was selected by Boating Industry as one of the industry’s top movers and shakers for 2014 and works passionately to grow boating.
 
Bulpin, Tony, West Coast Sales Manager
Sea Hawk Paints/New Nautical Coatings
2926 West Lynn Street
Seattle, WA 98199
206.940.9623 fax 206.298.9798
tony@seahawkpaints.com
www.seahawkpaints.com
Tony Bulpin has 27 years experience working in the West Coast Marine Trades. He was introduced to the marine industry professionally in 1989 working with Fisheries Supply Marine Distribution in wholesale sales working close with boatyards and tradesmen in the northwest. In 1990 he became Northwest Sales Manager for Detco Marine representing marine coatings until 2007 where he took his current position as the West Coast Sales Manager for Sea Hawk Paints specializing in antifouling coatings.

Sea Hawk Paints is family owned and in business over 35 years and relatively new on the West Coast until they added a west coast rep. Sea Hawk has been committed to the development and research for antifouling alternatives that meet current regulations as well as perform well to suit the needs of boat owners.

Tony currently serves on the board of the Northwest Marine Trade Association. The NMTA with its 700 plus members have many concerns with regards to regulations. Washington is the first state to enact legislation to ban sales of copper bottom paints, thus a topic of discussion for our members as well our member’s customers.
 
Cantrell, Yvonne, Vice President and Controller
Water Resorts, Inc.
340 S. Fairmont Ave.
Lodi, CA 95240
209.333.8500 fax 209.333.1753
ycantrell@houseboats.com
www.houseboats.com
Yvonne Cantrell is Vice President and Controller for Water Resorts Inc., a marina management company located in Lodi, California. She has worked in the marina industry since 1979. In her position with Water Resorts, Cantrell is primarily involved with the accounting and marketing aspects of the houseboat rental business. She obtained her MBA from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California in 1998, and her BSBA from California State University, Stanislaus. She is a Certified Management Accountant. Cantrell has been a director on the Board of the Marina Recreation Association since 1992, serving as Treasurer and President during her tenure. She is Past-President of both the California Delta Chambers and Visitors Bureau and the Stockton Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants.
 
Casey, Susan
Author of the New York Times bestsellers The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean and The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks, is the former editor in chief of O, The Oprah Magazine. She is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist whose work has been featured in Best American Science and Nature Writing, Best American Sports Writing, and Best American Magazine Writing anthologies; and has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Outside, and National Geographic.

 
Conlin,Colonel Christopher C., USMC (Ret), Acting Deputy Director
Department of Parks and Recreation
Division of Boating and Waterways
One Capitol Mall - Suite 410
Sacramento, CA 95814
christopher.conlin@parks.ca.gov
dbw.parks.ca.gov
Chris is currently serving as the Deputy Director of the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, and the Acting Deputy Director for the Division of Boating and Waterways, California State Parks and Recreation. He was born in Quantico, Virginia, but has spent the majority of his life in travels as the son of a career United States Marine, and as a career Marine himself. Chris was commissioned as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer in May 1981 upon graduation from the University of Rochester. He subsequently served 30 years on active duty leading a variety of operational and training commands from 40-man rifle platoons to combat battalions of over 1500 personnel. Some of his career highlights include: leading a Rifle Company during the liberation of Kuwait (Operation Desert Shield/Storm), serving as a Maritime Special Purpose Force Commander of a Special Operations Unit during Operations Southern Watch and Desert Thunder, leading a Battalion Task Force in the fight for the liberation of Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom), and later serving as the Provisional Governor of Najaf Province in Iraq (population ~1.3 million). In April 2013, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Chris as his Deputy Director for Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation, California Department of Parks and Recreation. On June 10, 2014 Chris was asked to concurrently serve as the acting Deputy Director of Boating and Waterways. Chris also serves voluntarily as the Board President for the Canine Companions for Independence, Southwest Region (Non-Profit).
 
Dill, Keren, Chief of the Loan and Grant Financial Services Unit
California State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways
One Capitol Mall - Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814
916.327.1809
keren.dill@parks.ca.gov
Keren has worked at DBW since 2008 managing construction grants and loans for public boat launching facilities and marinas. In November 2013 she accepted the position as Chief of the Unit. The Unit manages many different grant and loan programs for public agencies and several for private entities, including Clean Vessel Act Grants, Boating Infrastructure Grants, and Private Marina Loans. Prior to her work with DBW, Ms. Dill worked for many years in the private sector in commercial construction as a project manager for a glazing subcontractor. After 10 years in commercial construction she went back to school at night to pursue postgraduate studies. After completing a Master’s degree, she worked for a year and a half in commercial real estate before joining DBW. She has a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Ms. Dill resides in Sacramento, California, and during her limited free time enjoys hanging out with friends and family, taking photographs, cycling California’s beautiful countryside, hiking tall mountains, being in, on, or near the water, and writing blogs for her non-profit, the Choose Well Campaign, Inc. She can be contacted at keren.dill@parks.ca.gov.
 
Geoffroy, David, Vice President
NMMA West
1006 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866
714.633.7581
dgeoffroy@nmma.org
www.nmma.org
Dave Geoffroy manages the West Coast operation of the NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association) and is in charge of the production of the Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco Boat Shows. He is committed to the expansion of the western states boating industry and participates in state advocacy on issues affecting recreational boating in California in conjunction with the NMMA’s Washington DC office.

Mr. Geoffroy is a 45 year veteran of the marine industry and prior to his appointment as Vice President of the NMMA, he had the privilege of serving as the Executive Director of the Southern California Marine Association for 14 years. He was also the former Vice President and General Manager for all US operations of Avon Inflatables, a division of AVON P.L.C. and prior to that he was the General Manager of Marine Hardware Company San Francisco, a marine products distributor.

Mr. Geoffroy is a volunteer member of the Board of Directors for the Sea Scouts, Newport Beach and is an active member of the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

His education includes Montclair College preparatory, Van Nuys, California and Chapman College, Orange, California.
 
Gibeson, Greg, President
Recreational Boaters of California
P.O. Box 6853
Tahoe City, CA 96145
530.386.6852
grglrlt@aol.com
www.rboc.org
Greg Gibeson is the President of Recreational Boater of California, a non-profit advocacy organization in its 47th year of representing the interests of California boaters statewide. RBOC represents about 80,000 boating families. Mr. Gibeson is Staff Commodore of Aeolian YC in Alameda and is a member of Meeks Bay Yacht Club at Lake Tahoe. The Gibesons boat on Lake Tahoe, San Francisco Bay, the Napa River and occasionally, the northern California coast, in wooden boats that he maintains. He also restores classic cars. Mr. Gibeson serves as a Director of the Bay Planning Coalition, a broad and diverse organization that advocates for commerce, industry, recreation and the environment in San Francisco Bay and the Delta. Mr. Gibeson is an attorney.
 
Grewal, Jeremy, Marina Manager
Almar Management Inc.
3001 Peninsula Road
Oxnard, CA 93035
805.985.5003 fax 805.984.0370
jgrewal@anacapaisle.com
www.almar.com
Jeremy has been with Almar Marinas since 2006. Over the last nine years he has managed Peninsula Yacht Marina, Bahia Marina, Westport Marina, Anacapa Isle Marina, Ventura Isle Marina, and Oakland Marinas. Almar is the largest operator of marinas on the west coast with more than 30 years of experience in developing, constructing and operating marinas.
 
Halgren, Larry R., CMP (Certified Marina Professional) & Principal
Halgren & Associates
Post Office Box 4098
Bellingham, WA 98227
360.961.3344
lshalgren@comcast.net
www.halgrenassociates.com
Larry has over 35 years of experience in sales and management within the marine industry. Larry created his own international marina and waterfront consulting firm, Halgren and Associates LLC. Larry has notable expertise in the marine industry. He has extensive knowledge of marina and waterfront development, operations, infrastructures and marina components. Larry has been credited with new product research, development and licensing of marine designs and details. Included in his experience are locating existing marina properties for sale, performing cost analysis of refurbishment, reconfiguring or remodeling of a marina property. Larry’s portfolio incorporates market research for sites, marina plans and site selection as well as marina financing and feasibility studies. Larry also oversees the coordination of engineering, construction planning and scheduling, marina inspection and safety reviews of marina and waterfront facilities.

Before starting Halgren and Associates LLC, Larry held a variety of positions in the marine field. He worked for Bellingham Marine Industries for 22 years; starting as a marina system sales person and ending as Co-President of the company. Larry’s broad knowledge of marina operations and waterfront developments greatly enhance his ability to provide marina systems best suited to each client’s needs. Larry was also a consultant to Vertical Yachts a new technology used to store very large boats in dry stack storage buildings.

Larry is an accomplished speaker at many industry forums, including the University of Wisconsin Docks & Marinas Conference, the International Marina Institute, International Boat Builder Expo & Conference, National Marina Conference, The Marina Recreation Association of California and the boating industry of Australia to name a few. He is Past President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Marina Institute having served for six years. Larry is still an active member of the teaching facility for the Advanced Marina Management Classes and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Bellingham.

Larry was named a Certified Marina Professional “CMP” by the Global Marina Institute in 2013.
 
Hayes, Jim, CEO
Almar Management Inc.
3001 Peninsula Road
Oxnard, CA 93035
805.985.5003 fax 866.204.7086
jhayes@almar.com
www.almar.com
Jim has been with Almar since 1998. Prior to Almar he spent more than 15 years in the hotel/resort business working for companies like Westin and Le Meridian Hotels. Almar operates marinas though out California and Hawaii. Almar is the largest operator of marinas on the west coast with more than 30 years of experience in developing, constructing and operating marinas.
 
Jacobs, Mark J., Partner
Fisher & Phillips, LLP
2050 Main Street, Suite 1000
Irvine, CA 92614
949.798.2171  fax 949.851.0152
mjacobs@laborlawyers.com
www.laborlawyers.com
Mark Jacobs is a partner in the Irvine, CA, office. His practice is focused on defending employment related lawsuits and administrative complaints on a variety of issues, including harassment, retaliation, and discrimination. Mark represents employers in both state and federal courts as well as before state and federal agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Mark has experience in handling complex, multi-plaintiff harassment and discrimination matters, wage & hour and other administrative matters. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to preventive employee relations programs that include supervisory training and the development and administration of effective human resources policies and practices. Mark is a frequent lecturer before trade groups, associations, insurance organizations, and private employers. He regularly conducts in-house management seminars and training sessions for executives, supervisors, managers, and human resources professionals in all aspects of labor and employment law, including hiring and firing, FMLA, ADA, arbitration, wage and hour compliance, and equal employment opportunity law. Prior to joining the firm, Mark worked as a Legislative Aide in the California State Assembly and served as a Deputy Attorney General in the California Attorney General’s Office.
 
Johnson, Jason, North American Director of Sales
Marine Travelift, Inc.
49 E. Yew Street
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
920.743.6202
jjohnson@marinetravelift.com
www.marinetravelift.com
Jason Johnson is the North American Director of Sales for Marine Travelift. He is responsible for business development and marine sales related to mobile boat hoists, transporters, and forklifts for the company.

Jason was hired by Marine Travelift in 2008 as a Sales Engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marina Management from the Maine Maritime Academy, and serves on the IMI (International Marina Institute) Advisory Committee.
 

Johnston, Wendy, Regulatory Compliance/Registered Professional Forester
VESTRA Resources
5300 Aviation Drive
Redding, CA 96002
530.223.2585 fax 530.223.1145
wjohnston@vestra.com
www.vestra.com
Ms. Johnston is an Environmental Scientist and Vice President of the Environmental Services Division at VESTRA. With over 30 years of experience in resource assessment, regulatory compliance, and water policy, she is considered an expert in regulations pertaining to water quality. Ms. Johnston is a past member of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), Central Valley Region. The RWQCB oversees the requirements of both the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and California's Porter-Cologne Water Quality Act. As a member of the RWQCB, she developed a strong knowledge of procedures and practices and an understanding of the politics of water and ecosystem management throughout the state. She has used this experience on numerous CWA-related projects, many of which have involved third-party litigation. Ms. Johnston has an in-depth knowledge of stormwater regulations and has managed many projects requiring preparation of Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs), treatment design, sampling oversight, data review, and annual reporting. Ms. Johnston holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Resource Management from University of Berkeley.
Certifications/Registrations
Professional Forester, California (No. 2032)
Environmental Manager, Nevada (No. EM.0011)
 

Kelly, Christopher
SleepAfloat Management and Rentals LLC
Post Office Box 961680
Boston, MA 02196
612.670.6998  fax 508.788.0123
chris@sleepafloat.com
www.sleepafloat.com
Mr. Kelly is responsible for SleepAfloat’s development of a national network of marinas and boat owners interested in utilizing boats as hotel rooms for business guests and vacationers. SleepAfloat has been in the “Boatel” business since 2005 making it the oldest company of its kind in the country. SleepAfloat has used sharing economy organizations for sales and reservations since the inception of the concept.

Mr. Kelly has owned over a dozen businesses and was an early pioneer in the condominium timesharing and exchange business a similar concept to today’s sharing economy concepts. In addition to SleepAfloat Mr. Kelly is the owner of SiteComp, Inc. a developer of civil engineering, land surveying, geographical information systems and advanced mapping software.
 

Ketchum, Kevin
California Yacht Marina
22905 Lockness Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
310.534.8436  fax 310.534.8670
email: rkketchum@californiayachtmarina.com
www.californiayachtmarina.com
Mr. Ketchum is responsible for strategic planning, analysis and implementation associated with the acquisition, development, and management of a real estate portfolio which includes marina, self-storage, industrial, office and retail properties. California Yacht Marina owns and operates six Southern California marinas with over 2,000 slips located in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties.
 

Krauss, William, Legislative Advocate
The Apex Group
1201 K Street, Suite 750
Sacramento, CA 95814
916.444.9601  fax 916.444.7841
email: wkrauss@theapexgroup.net
www.theapexgroup.net

Bill Krauss has been on the inside of Sacramento politics and government for over 25 years. Krauss began his career working for a State Senator, followed by other political endeavors, including public relations consulting and legislative campaign management, with the last 14 years serving as a successful legislative advocate, focused on representing the diverse interests of some of America’s leading businesses and many of California’s small businesses.

His understanding of the business world began early. In his youth Krauss spent long hours working in his father’s factory and saw firsthand what it takes to make a business succeed in California. Krauss later took a leadership position with a major California employer, again gaining insight into the impact policy questions considered in Sacramento have on the business community.

Krauss has a long track record of successful advocacy and a breadth of experience. His experience includes extensive knowledge of the state budget process and many varied policy areas, including taxation, licensing, environmental regulation, energy and water policy. In addition, Krauss manages the public policy programs of several business associations, including direct lobbying, “grassroots” advocacy, regulatory engagement, and association administration. In addition to serving as the President of Krauss Capitol Advocacy (KCA), Krauss continues his relationship with The Apex Group, a prominent government relations and public affairs firm in Sacramento.
 

Krieger, Lynn L., Attorney at law
Thomas, Quinn & Krieger, LLP
781 Beach Street, Suite 330
San Francisco, CA 94109
415.546.6100 fax 415.358.5868
lkrieger@tqklaw.com
www.tqklaw.com
Ms. Krieger received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Pomona College in Claremont, California in 1991, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco, School of Law in 2000.

Ms. Krieger’s practice focuses on cases and claims involving cargo losses on land and at sea, applying the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act and the Carmack Amendment. She also represents clients defending personal injury claims in a variety of maritime settings, including those involving the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Additionally, Ms. Krieger represents clients in trademark registration and trademark protection.

Ms. Krieger is admitted to practice in California, including all federal courts of California and the Ninth Circuit.

Ms. Krieger was the Chair of the 2012 Pacific Admiralty Seminar. She currently chairs the Website and Technology Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and is a Director on the Board of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and an Advisor to the University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal.

Ms. Krieger was named a Northern California Super Lawyer for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
 

Levy, Larry, Owner
Employee Relations Management Consultant
458 San Marin Drive
Novato, CA 94945
415.892.1497 fax 415.892.6596
larrylevy@earthlink.net
Larry is an Employee Relations Management Consultant, Mediator and Trainer in Marin County. He has been in private practice for over 28 years and focuses on helping the small and mid-size employer who is periodically confronted with problems with employees. Further, he also assists corporate H.R. Managers when they request an outside consultant to conduct an investigation or present specialized seminars.

Larry specializes in solving problems with managers and employees, mediating conflicts, counseling personally troubled and often non-productive employees; writing employee handbooks and personnel manuals; investigating complaints of sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination; responding to wage and hour questions; interpreting and applying the various state and federal leaves of absence; answering inquires about Workers Compensation, State Disability, Unemployment Insurance and the Americans With Disabilities Act; recruiting hard to find job candidates; and conducting specialized training. He has been retained as an expert witness at sexual harassment trials and mediations involving suspected wage and hour violations.

Larry has completed an exhaustive and thorough program to become an employment mediator. He is now skilled to mediate disputes within an organization to achieve a mutually beneficial resolution.

Prior to opening his practice Larry spent 15 years in a corporate environment preceded by 9 years as a Marin County Adult Probation Officer. He has completed all the graduate work toward a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and he attends 10-12 labor law seminars each year. In 2009 Larry began law school at Empire College in Santa Rosa.

Larry is active with the Marin Builders Association. He is actively involved with the Rotary Club of Ignacio and pioneered a program where at-risk young male adults are taken to San Quentin State Prison to participate in a counseling program (S.Q.U.I.R.E.S.) with inmates.
 

Lorenzi, R. J., Partner
Norman-Spencer Agency Inc.
2025 K Street
Merced, CA 95340
209.384.3034 fax 209.384.7025
rjl@norman-spencer.com
www.norman-spencer.com
Over the years, R. J. has worked closely with both reinsurers and insurance underwriters to provide some of the best-valued products for the recreational marine industry. He has conducted numerous educational programs and seminars for various organizations, including the Marina Operators Association of America (MOAA), the California Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA) and the Marina Recreation Association (MRA).

R. J. has earned both the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM) insurance designations. He is past President of the Northern California Marine Association, Western Boaters Safety Group and California Delta Chambers. He and the other 100 plus associates of Norman Spencer Agency are dedicated to the continued success of the recreational marine industry.

R. J. Lorenzi was a principal and co-founder of Western Marine Insurance Services Corporation, which was established in 1983 and merged with Norman Spencer Agency in 2008. Specializing in the design and development of customized insurance programs for the recreational marine industry for the United States, the agency has also been instrumental in educating insurance companies about the varied needs of boat dealers, marinas, boat repairers and other businesses involved in recreational marine. They also developed and continue to offer a successful vessel insurance program for the boating public.

 

Lund, Jay, Ph.D., Director
Center for Watershed Sciences
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California - Davis
Davis, CA 95616
530.752.5671
jrlund@ucdavis.edu
Jay Lund’s principal work is in applying systems analysis and economic ideas to water resource and environmental problems. He has led development and application of a large-scale optimization modeling for California’s water supply, as well as other modeling and policy studies. He is a principal author of many papers and several major books and reports on California water policy, including Managing California’s Water – from conflict to reconciliation with the Public Policy Institute of California, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and nitrate contamination of groundwater. His work mostly involves integrating ideas from engineering, economics, hydrology, and operations research to provide policy and management insights. He has been President of the Universities Council on Water Resources, Convenor of the California Water Environment Modeling Forum, and is currently Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council’s Independent Science Board. He is a frequent contributor to CaliforniaWaterBlog.com. See http://cee.engr.ucdavis.edu/faculty/lund/.

The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of critical issues in water management, with a focus on the sustainable and cost-effective restoration and management of stream, lake and estuarine ecosystems. See http://watershed.ucdavis.edu/

 

McMahon, Shaun, General Manager
Shelter Cove Marina
2240 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
619.224.2471 fax 619.224.9117
scmmarina@aol.com

Twenty-five years ago, in 1990, Shaun McMahon took the helm, as General Manager at Shelter Cove Marina in San Diego’s America’s Cup Harbor. Shelter Cove has been thriving ever since as one of the most sought after marinas around. Shaun’s background is in accounting and finance, having completed her undergraduate work at SDSU and obtaining her MBA from the University of Phoenix. While at SDSU, she served as president of the alumni’s Women in Business Association.

While working in the marina industry, Shaun has involved herself with several committees and organizations focusing on issues of environmental pollution and regulations that affect the recreational boating community. From 1998-2000, she served on the San Diego Oceans Foundations Board. Shaun has also ably served on the Marina Recreation Association Board of Directors from 2000-2011.

In 2010 Shaun envisioned a new concept that ultimately benefited Shelter Cove Marina and founded the BoatBnB. Shaun decided to merge her two talents, management and boats into a successful business endeavor which has resulted in a very fruitful and thriving Boat Bed & Breakfast business on San Diego Bay.

When she isn’t juggling all of these professional responsibilities, she is a devoted and doting mom, residing in Chula Vista with her thirteen-year-old, Ryan.
 

Meckfessel, Steve, Owner/Manager
Marina Village Yacht Harbor/ SRM Marina Investor
1070 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 200
Alameda, CA 94501
510.521.0905 fax 510.749.9875
smeckfessel@srmassociates.com
www.marinavillageharbor.com
Steve holds an MBA from U.C. Berkeley. He is a CPA, a licensed general contractor and real estate broker. In 1980, Steve started as a project controller for Vintage Properties, a mixed use real estate development firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He became an operating partner with Vintage in 1987 in its Marina Village development in Alameda.

In 1992, Steve formed his own development/management/investment firm, SRM Associates, which grew to become one of the most active development firms in the Bay Area. SRM developed or redeveloped over 4 million square feet of commercial office and R&D buildings. SRM also became a leader in the green building field. SRM’s projects included the $300mm University Circle office project in E. Palo Alto, the Ascend/Lucent and Zhone campuses in Alameda and Oakland, Pixar campus in Emeryville and the Peets Coffee and VF/Outdoor campuses in Alameda. SRM's projects have won numerous design and industry awards. Steve is a frequent lecturer at the Haas Graduate School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.

In addition to his commercial real estate holdings, and the marina, Steve also has vineyard investments in Lodi, California.
 

Merrill, Jeff, CPYB, President
Jeff Merrill Yacht Sales, Inc.
3010 Old Ranch Parkway, Suite 440
Seal Beach, CA 90740
949.355.4950
jeff.merrill@jmys.com
www.jmys.com
Jeff Merrill grew up around the water racing Naples sabots on Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, CA. He sailed on the Stanford University varsity sailing team and, a few years after graduation, took three years off to campaign for the 1987 America’s Cup starting out as a member of the Courageous Challenge and ultimately racing in the Fremantle, Australia AC trials with Heart of America. Over the last thirty years Jeff has worked for several California marine businesses including LeFiell manufacturing (spars), W.D. Schock Corp. (boats) and Magma Products (boat barbeques and accessories) before specializing in cruising boats for the last twenty three years. He spent seven years as vice president of sales and marketing for cruising sailboat builder Pacific Seacraft (Flicka, Dana, Crealock’s) before joining Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc. in 1999 to become involved with production and sales of the Nordhavn trawler brand. Jeff served as Commodore of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in 2011. In 2014 Jeff opened his own yacht brokerage, Jeff Merrill Yacht Sales, Inc. representing buyers and sellers of ocean going recreational trawlers. Jeff has written articles for Ocean Navigator magazine and been a featured presenter at TrawlerFest events around the country.

Jeff has enjoyed boating experiences all over the world with his clients. Jeff is a CPYB, Certified Professional Yacht Broker, and is a licensed yacht broker in California and Florida. He is the current president of the California Yacht Brokers Association. Jeff and his wife Pam race a Lido 14 when he is in town. Their two children, Elle and Jonn, also have a passion for water sports.
 

Morgan, Malcolm,Manager,Sausalito Division
Johnson Hicks Marine Electronics
298 Harbor Drive
Sausalito CA 94965
415-331-3166 fax 415-331-8639
malcolm@johnsonhicksmarine.com
www.johnsonhicksmarine.com
Malcolm Morgan is an ABYC certified marine electrician with over 35 years experience in marine electrical and corrosion control systems. He is currently manager at Johnson Hicks Marine Electronics in Sausalito, California. He offers corrosion testing services, and electrical inspections for boatyards, harbor facilities, and boatowners. He also offers seminars and lectures on Marine Corrosion & Shock Hazards for marina managers, yacht clubs, trade shows, and marine professionals.

Malcolm offers clear, easy to understand explanations of the often misunderstood topics of corrosion, shock hazards, and potential liability for Harbormasters and Marina Managers.

His long career in the boating industry includes affiliations with ABYC, NFPA, as well as NAMS and SAMS surveyor associations. His client list includes nearly every harbor and boatyard in the SF Bay Area, the US Coast Guard, several America’s Cup campaigns, and many State and Federal agencies.
 

Mornell, Sascha, Chief Executive Officer
GetMyBoat
Sascha Mornell is the CEO and Co-founder of GetMyBoat, the world’s largest boat rental and charter marketplace. In addition, he serves as Chairman (and co-founder) of Phacil, an award winning, $130 million 700-employee IT services Federal Government Contractor with its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Previously he served as SVP of sales and marketing register.com, taking the company from start-up phase through an $800 million IPO. Sascha is a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA) and UC Berkeley (BA), with Honors.
 

OBrien, Kathy
Sun Harbor Marina
5000 N. Harbor Drive, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92106
619.222.1167  fax 619.222.9387
email: kathy@sun-harbor.com
www.sun-harbor.com
Kathy OBrien is general manager for Sun Harbor Marina, a LEED certified property with a restaurant, offices, lockers and 100 slips in Point Loma, California. She has worked in the marina industry since 2005. She earned the title “LEED Accredited Professional” from the US Green Building Council. OBrien has been on the Board of the Marina Recreation Association since 2008. She is Treasurer of Clean Marinas California and Secretary of MRA. She is Past-President of San Diego Dockmasters. Prior to joining the marine industry, OBrien practiced as an electrical engineer with a transition to Sales and Marketing. She obtained her BSEE degree from San Jose State University.
 

Ramsey, Roger, Vice President
Teldata Enterprise Networks
11487 Woodside Ave.
Santee, CA 92071
800.900.7547 fax 888.244.0932
rogerr@teldata.com
www.teldata.com
Roger has worked with Teldata Enterprise Networks for the past 14 Years. Teldata Enterprise Networks specializes in IT related issues, both on the structured cabling and network side (LAN and WAN). He works with technology partners in Access Control, Video Surveillance and Communications. Mark retired from the United States Navy in 2001, as an Interior Communications Senior Chief, with 24 years of service.
 

Sanders, Mark L., President
Westpoint Harbor LLC
1529 Seaport Boulevard
Redwood City, CA 94063
650.701.0545 fax 650.306.9636
mark@westpointharbor.com
www.westpointharbor.com
Mark is President of Westpoint Harbor LLC, a full-service big-boat facility located in Redwood City, and the first new marina in San Francisco Bay in decades. He is a former U.S. Naval Officer and has been active in boating for forty years. He is a member of the Bay Planning Coalition, past director of the Marine Science Institute, founded the Cheoy Lee Cruising Club, and spent twenty years planning, building and operating Westpoint Harbor.

Mark’s primary career was in technology, most recently as President/CEO of Pinnacle Systems Inc, a public company serving the television industry. Prior to Pinnacle Mark held various executive positions at Ampex Corporation, and has been a director for a number of public and private companies including Bell Microproducts, LookSmart Inc, Pinnacle Systems, and Accom. He holds an engineering degree from California Polytechnic State University and an MBA from Golden Gate University, and as Pinnacle CEO received nine EMMY’s for technical innovation.
 

Selfridge, Darin, President
Compass Consulting
1601 Carmen Drive, Suite 101
Camarillo, CA 93010
805.389.0229
darin@compassconsult.com
www.compassconsult.com
With more than three decades of Information Technology, consulting and multimedia experience, Darin Selfridge has developed a sharp eye for what businesses need to succeed. He owns and operates multiple technology-based enterprises, including a managed services and software engineering firm (Compass Consulting), a cloud services operation (Citihosts), a marketing and media production company (OneTwelve Productions), and a document management software subsidiary (DiVA Solutions).

With his broad range of knowledge and long history of providing consulting services to small, medium and large companies, he can quickly identify what companies are seeking and translate those requests into smart IT decisions and marketing solutions. As an entrepreneur who quickly built his own successful consulting business, Compass Consulting, now in operation in the Ventura County area for over 19 years, he understands the complexities of operating a business and infuses his recommendations with that experience.

His clients have ranged from large public companies like Disney, Agilent Technologies and Parker Hannifin, to small local businesses having fewer than 20 employees and up to 30 million in annuals sales. His mission is to provide not only great customer service and technical expertise, but an unrivaled customer experience. He is committed to the goals of his clients' unique businesses, and his long-term clients appreciate that he listens, focuses on the details, takes ownership of projects, and delivers excellence.
 

Short, Randy, President & CEO
Almar Management Inc.
3001 Peninsula Road
Oxnard, CA 93035
805.984.3738 fax 805.984.0370
rshort@almar.com
www.almar.com
Randy is the President/CEO and a principle with Almar Management Inc. and Almar Marinas. He has designed, developed, constructed and managed marinas of all sizes both domestically and internationally for more than twenty years. The many projects include the renowned Marina Cabo San Lucas in Mexico and the beautiful Ko Olina Marina in Hawaii just to name a few. He is a past president of MRA and many other professional organizations.
 

Singhasemanon, Nan, Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory)
Department of Pesticide Regulation, Environmental Monitoring Branch, Surface Water Protection Program
1001 I St., P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento CA 95812
916-324-4122
nan.singhasemanon@cdpr.ca.gov
www.cdpr.ca.gov
Nan has been working as an environmental scientist with the State of California for 23 years, with the majority of it with the Department of Pesticide Regulation's Environmental Monitoring Branch in Sacramento. Nan background is in aquatic toxicology. He is currently a supervising scientist with DPR’s Surface Water Protection Program.

Nan’s program evaluates the fate of pesticides in surface water and the impacts that these pesticides may have on California’s aquatic environments. The program also works to mitigate ecological impacts associated with pesticide use. One specific issue that Nan has been closely involved in is antifouling paint use and its water quality implications.

Beginning in 2004, Nan has led a multi-agency technical workgroup to assess pollution caused by the use of antifouling paints. He has also conducted and collaborated on a number of regional studies on antifouling paint pollutants in CA marinas through which he worked closely with CAHMPC and MRA members. Nan is scientific lead of a DPR team that currently directs a data call-in process called “reevaluation” to collect data to help establish mitigation activities to address elevated copper concentrations in marinas. The same team is involved in implementation of leach rate limits and mitigation strategies for copper antifouling paints that are associated with Assembly Bill 425. An important part of this mitigation relies on conversion to non-copper hull coatings or the use of more environmentally-friendly fouling management practices.
 

Smith, Robert, Marina Safety Specialist
MYMIC Training Technologies
1040 University Blvd, Suite 100
Portsmouth, VA 23703
757.392.2644
robert.smith@mymic.net
www.marinasafetytraining.com
Robert is an experienced professional with a diverse background including operations management, Safety/ Health/ Environmental compliance, and training. Robert received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources and Personnel Development from Virginia Wesleyan College and he is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University. He currently holds the Associated Safety Health Manager Certification (ASHM) from the Institute of Safety and Health Management.
 

Stimson, Dwight, President/CEO
HOSTAR Marine Transport Systems, Inc.
One Kendrick Road
Wareham, MA 02571
508-295-2900
D3@hostarmarine.com
www.hostarmarine.com
Dwight Stimson is the President and CEO of HOSTAR Marine Transport Systems, Inc. HOSTAR manufactures commercial boat handling equipment including fully submersible self-propelled and towable hydraulic trailers for boat yard use as well as a wide variety of air-ride hydraulic road trailers for ramp launching and retrieving. HOSTAR’s hydraulic trailers are built with an open center frame design, allowing boats to be safely and efficiently blocked and stored on land or inside a building.

Dwight joined the family owned business in 1996 as the Vice President of Operations. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business management from Johnson State College in Vermont and is an avid boater and fisherman.
 

Sturner, Andy, CEO
Collaborative Boating, Inc.
Boatsetter.com
2890 NE 187th Street
Aventura, FL 33180
305-741-2782
786-871-7207
asturner@boatsetter.com
www.boatsetter.com
Andy Sturner is a serial entrepreneur in technology and the marine industry. Andy founded AMP in 2002 with a goal of identifying and investing in marine industry companies with a focus on innovation. Today, AMP owns, develops and manages a portfolio of marinas and is a strategic investor in a portfolio of marine industry operating companies including Vertical Yacht Club Development (replacing forklifts with computer operated overhead bridge cranes) and for the past 2 years has been “incubating” Collaborative Boating, Inc. and its flagship product www.boatsetter.com. Prior to founding AMP, he was an early executive in several start-up ventures including two public companies, CBS SportsLine.com and MovieFone. Prior to starting his entrepreneurial career, Andy worked as an attorney in the bankruptcy, workout & restructuring department of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in NY. Andy is very active in the South Florida start-up community as co-founder of www.agpmiami.com and is an investor and on the board of a handful of media, retail and technology companies. He is also active in a number of non-profits including the Board of Trustees of Temple Sinai North Dade and a judge the Olin Cup Competition at my Alma mater WashU. He is a member of the Miami Chapter of YPO and hold a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
 

Townshend, Anna, Editor
Marina Dock Age
319 N. 4th Street, Suite 650
St. Louis, MO 63102
314.241.7355
atownshend@marinadockage.com
www.marinadockage.com
Anna Townshend is the editor of Marina Dock Age magazine. She has been a journalist and writer for more than a decade and started with MDA in 2008. In 2012, the magazine was purchased by Waterways Journal, Inc., and Townshend began also editing another trade publication called International Dredging Review. Under her leadership, Marina Dock Age has pushed to produce more consistent and reliable data for the industry through annual surveys.
 

Vance, Travis, Of Counsel
Fisher & Phillips, LLP
227 West Trade Street, Suite 2020
Charlotte, NC 28202
704.778.4163 fax 704.334.9774
tvance@laborlawyers.com
www.laborlawyers.com
Travis counsels employers and owners on all aspects of employment law and the development of preventive policies and procedures to avoid employment and workplace safety and OSHA related claims. Travis handles litigation in both federal and state courts and claims pending with state and federal agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor. Travis has represented clients in numerous matters pending in either state or federal courts in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia. He has also assisted clients in OSHA matters pending in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Travis is “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and was selected as one of the Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Travis is a frequent lecturer at seminars on safety and OSHA related topics. He also speaks frequently at Rotary International events concerning the growth of membership within that civic organization. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Charlotte, an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Rockingham County, Virginia, and serves as the Membership Chair of Rotary District 7680. He also serves on the board of directors for the Blue Ridge Safety Association, a trade group for safety professionals.

In 2014, Travis was honored as one of the “10 Under 40” by The Daily News Record in Harrisonburg, VA. Each year the publication honors 10 rising business stars under the age of 40 in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia area.
 

Vinding, Michael E., Esquire
Brady & Vinding
400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2640
Sacramento, CA 95814
916.446.3400 fax 916.446.7159
mvinding@bradyvinding.com
www.bradyvinding.com
Michael E. Vinding is a founding partner of Brady & Vinding. Prior to this, Michael was a partner with Scharff, Brady & Vinding as well as Diepenbrock Harrison. Michael’s practice emphasizes litigation, including natural resources law, land use, land permitting, construction, water rights, water quality, Indian gaming/environmental law, mining law, NEPA/CEQA and general civil litigation. During his career, he has represented governmental entities, private entities, and landowners in all manner of litigation. In particular, Michael’s litigation practice focuses matters characterized by a very high level of complexity.

Michael began his career representing public entities, public employees and insurance companies on a variety of matters. Michael successfully tried cases in State and Federal Courts and has continued that success at the State and Federal Appellate Courts, resulting in a number of published decisions. This knowledge has allowed Michael to assist clients in formulating a pre-litigation strategy that best serves their legal needs and goals, including multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients.

Michael is a member of the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Oregon. Michael is admitted to practice before all California courts and the United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California. Michael is also admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and is a member of the Sacramento Federal Bar Association and the Sacramento Bar Association. He is also admitted to practice before all Oregon courts and the United States District Court for the State of Oregon. Michael serves as a judge pro tem for the Sacramento Superior Court, El Dorado Superior Court, San Joaquin Superior Court and Placer Superior Court.

Michael serves as the Secretary for the Eastern District Historical Society, a member of the Eastern District Judicial Advisory Committee and a member of the California State Bar Jury Instruction Committee. Michael has served as a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association’s Long Range and Rules Committee, the Sacramento County Bar Association’s Civil Procedure Committee, the Sacramento County Bar Association’s Attorney Referral Service as a Committee Member and as Committee Chair, and as a Delegate to the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Oregon, House of Delegates. In addition, Michael has served on the Civil Rights Commission for the City of Sacramento.

Michael received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, at Davis in 1990. In 1995, he received his J.D. degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. Michael enjoys fishing, golfing, hunting, and sports of all kinds.
 

Weiss, Philip E., Esquire
Brodsky, Micklow, Bull & Weiss
2540 Shelter Island Drive, Suite P
San Diego, CA 92106
619.225.8884 fax 619.225.8801
shiplaw@earthlink.net

After four years of service in the U.S. Navy, Philip E. Weiss, Esq. was graduated cum laude by San Francisco State University, where he earned degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. He thereafter earned a Juris Doctorate at the University of San Francisco, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the U.S.F. Maritime Law Journal, a leading academic periodical. Weiss is a respected author and speaker on maritime law issues, and has, for 22 of his 24 years of practice, successfully represented hundreds of marina, boatyard, banks and other clients in a broad array of maritime issues, including those involving “necessaries” liens, trespassing/abandoned vessels, vessel arrests, wharfage and other maritime contracts, oil pollution, allisions/other maritime torts, and negotiations with holders of competing liens.

Since 1995 Mr. Weiss has served (and he currently serves) as an Adjunct Professor of Maritime Law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he teaches a “survey” class. He serves as a voting member of the San Diego Harbor Safety Committee. Between 2008 and 2010 Mr. Weiss sat by appointment of the California Bar Association as the Chairman of the Commission on Specialization of Admiralty and Maritime Law, which has established standards for formal certification of attorneys practicing in this area of the law. During these years he also served as a voting member of the California Bar Association's Board of Legal Specialization, which certified him as a Certified Specialist in Admiralty and Maritime Law.